Vail Design at Altitude column: Create an inviting room for your guests this winter
It’s no secret that I love this time of the year, from the snow-globe wonderland we live in to readying my home for the holidays and having guests visit. Part of being a hostess, and part that I love, is making guests feel welcome in my home. It starts with putting some thought into the design of the guest room.
This past year, I’ve been able to create some really lovely guest suites and rooms. Here are a few of my favorite tips to help make your guests feel welcome and make the guest room a luxurious escape that coordinates with the rest of your home.
Many guest rooms are located in the lower level. Not necessarily a basement that is dank and dark, but the lower level still has limited natural light. An easy way to brighten a dark-feeling space is with paint. Use lighter, brighter and vibrant colors. Try a hue you normally wouldn’t use. We painted one lower-level room a bright white with chartreuse accents and used textured wallpaper on an accent wall. The finished project is a bright, fun and young-feeling guest room. It’s become a favorite in the house.
“Layered” lighting is key for brightening up a space. We attack it three ways: We use LED lights over the pillows and throughout the room for ample lighting; incorporate reading lights near the beds for a soft glow and lamp lighting with three-way bulbs for ambience.
Let’s talk bedding. Don’t scrimp here; you want your guests to feel like they are on vacation, too. Use hotel-style bedding that looks and feels clean and luxurious with a high thread count, plush down duvet and supportive pillows. I love Matouk for the high-end look. Add in a super-soft throw blanket at the end of the bed, like one from Peacock Alley’s All Seasons Blanket, for extra cuddle: perfect after a day spent skiing.
If there’s room in the nook, then provide storage. It’s hard to live out of a suitcase, so place a desk or dresser in the room so your friends can unpack and settle in. Make outlets accessible for computers and phone charging. Hooks work well for ski clothing.
Feels like home
Space is at a premium, and not everyone is lucky enough to have a guest room but still loves visitors. Find a spot you can section off to make it feel like it’s removed from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home. Make it feel like a room with a screen to separate the space; if possible, have a bed or sleeper sofa set up so it feels like home.
As always, the little touches matter and are a highlight for guests. Provide cozy slippers for padding around the house; add in a scented candle for a welcoming aroma — think of some of the favorite touches from a hotel stay and incorporate them into your guest room.
A well-designed guest room will make friends and family feel welcome. You want them to feel at home and have their own space for a vacation that works for everyone.
Yvonne Jacobs is the president of Slifer Designs and loves creating spaces for friends, family and clients.